Backyard birdies

Do back yard raptors fit in this category?

The picture is of a Bald Eagle nest (aerie for you crossword puzzlers) that is located about 400 feet from my property in a suburb a few miles north of Seattle. The nest is located in a mature cottonwood tree and it was photographed about a month ago before the tree fully leafed out. This view from the west is now fully blocked by the leaves. I have since found a few public locations with peek a boo views from the north of the nest. I do not have the proper lens for my camera to photograph from these locations. I can see the nest fairly well with hand held binoculars and can see an eagle in the nest almost constantly. I am almost certain that the eagle I see is Mrs. Eagle tending her young. I plan to set up a more powerful sporting scope on a tripod to see if there are some little ones in the nest but the best viewing location is in the middle of a street and poses a bit of a risk of being hit by a car.
I was talking about the local eagles with an acquaintance. He was aware that the eagles lived nearby but did not know where the nest was located. It turns out that he has a real nice Nikon with a huge telephoto lens. We walked over to the viewing spot and he shot a few pictures this morning. He shared these two with me.
 

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GuyK

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GuyK, I see from your profile you live in Shoreline. Is the Osprey nest in Shoreline active this year? In years past a good viewing spot was from the Leena's Cafe parking lot looking north. I used to work near there.
I didn't know there was an Osprey nest north of Lena's, so cannot answer. I'll have to take a look this weekend; Lena's is walking distance from home. I even had breakfast there about 3 weeks ago. How long ago, and whereabouts did you used to work in the area?
 
I didn't know there was an Osprey nest north of Lena's, so cannot answer. I'll have to take a look this weekend; Lena's is walking distance from home. I even had breakfast there about 3 weeks ago. How long ago, and whereabouts did you used to work in the area?
I retired about five years ago. I was a service tech at the Water Store. My job was out in the field so I did not see them much but I did have to clean osprey poop from my truck.
 
I have been playing around with my newly created "digiscope" which is a mash up of a cheap Canon "point and shoot", an old spotting scope and a camera mount. Here is a picture of the baby eaglet in the nest near my house. The digiscope is currently a bit awkward to use but with some tweaks and practice it should get better.
 

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mhardy6647

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@mhardy6647 , stunning pics of the yellow warbler! What camera and lens are you using to capture many of your photos?
"Entry Level" :) DX format Nikon DSLR (D5600) with a 70 - 300 mm VR ED Nikkor Zoom (nice lens) -- both of which were very kindly given to me by our son (who, as I've said on many occasions is the real photographer in the family, despite masquerading as a mild-mannered mathematics professor).

Plus... If one goes to the link at Flikr & scrolls down a wee bit, the metadata may be seen on most of the stuff I upload there. :)


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GuyK

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"Entry Level" :) DX format Nikon DSLR (D5600) with a 70 - 300 mm VR ED Nikkor Zoom (nice lens) -- both of which were very kindly given to me by our son (who, as I've said on many occasions is the real photographer in the family, despite masquerading as a mild-mannered mathematics professor).

Plus... If one goes to the link at Flikr & scrolls down a wee bit, the metadata may be seen on most of the stuff I upload there. :)


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FX format lens on a crop sensor body equals some reach, with the loss of about a stop of aperture. That's a pretty good combo for birds and wildlife.
 
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